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    Alive  echo $newRAM;
    added Fri September 02 2005 at 7:11 PM
    Yes, I am alive. Were it not so, you wouldn't be reading this. Of course, I assume that even if you were to *not* read this, I would still live. I certainly hope so, because I do believe that readership has been on a steady decline for a while now. Not that I can blame the readers, considering my frequency of actually saying anything useful.

    That's not to say that I have anything particularly useful to say right now. I don't really have any big news to tell, and I can't think of any issues that I feel I need to vent on. I do, however, want my loyal readers to not give up on me, because someday soon, I will start writing things of interest again. In fact, I do believe that I still have a major site update due. I'm not sure when I'll actually get around to doing it, but my social life is pathetic enough right now that maybe as soon as I get internet back, I'll resume the push. I'd initially been holding off until I got my data back from the great hard drive crash of '05, but it appears as though that is a lost cause. So I'll just start from scratch. Not a huge deal, really, I hadn't gotten *that* far.

    Unfortunately, I'm not sure if I have any of my mock-ups left from when I was looking at the redesign earlier. If I took the time to show anybody a preview of what I was doing (Mom, David, Steve...), and if you happen to have that preview lying around anywhere, please send it my way. I don't remember what train of thought I was on, but I do remember that there was some cool stuff along those tracks.

    There's more to read. Read the extended entry.

    Katrina  echo $newRAM;
    added Fri September 02 2005 at 8:24 PM
    Ah, Katrina... The focus of so very much attention the past week. I've actually been keeping on top of stories about Katrina the entire week. The whole situation in Louisiana right now is extremely tragic, compounded by the stupidity of so many that ignored a mandatory evacuation notice. Now, I know that many people could not get out because of lack of transportation and whatnot, but they were clearly told to go to the Superdome. The relief effort would be much simpler if they were only trying to evacuate people from the declared refuge rather than trying to rescue tens of thousands of people that thought they were too good for that.

    Anyway, before I continue my rant, I want to show the real reason why I even started to look at the breaking news. I know that most of you just won't get this, but those that do, this is just too darn funny. Fight the flood, indeed....

    Now, the sad thing at this point is all the blame being passed around by governent officials. CNN reports that black politicians are claiming that the federal government is being too slow because most of the people in danger are poor (and black). What they seem to be forgetting is that everybody was told on Sunday to either get the heck out of New Orleans, or get your butts to the Superdome. Furthermore, they were told that there would be *no* ammenities at the Superdome, that they were to bring their own food, water, clothing, etc. They were told straight up that they would probably be there for at least a week. I'm not trying to lessen the horrible effect that this disaster is having on people's lives down there, but they've made their own condition exponentially worse by their own stupidity.

    Then there's the looting and lawlessness. I was glad to read this evening that troops are being deployed in the region with orders to shoot to kill any looters. Not that I'm for more people being killed in this incident, but who can't be disgusted by people who steal luxury items with one hand and on the other hand piss and moan that the feds haven't brought in enough relief? If everybody were to work together instead of starting a riot, more attention and resources could be devoted to getting people out of there.

    There's more to read. Read the extended entry.